Wildland Fire Safety - Ground Fighting


 

Photo courtesy of U.S. Forest Service. Proper training and equipment is vital in keeping workers safe when battling wildfires

Proper training and equipment is vital in keeping workers safe when battling wildfires.

Photo courtesy of U.S. Forest Service.

Every year, fire fighters are asked to protect lives, homes and property from devastating wildfires. They often work long hours for many days under stressful conditions, which can expose them to various hazards:

  • Burns.
  • Environmental conditions (lightning, steep, or remote terrain).
  • Heat illness.
  • Smoke, ash, and burning debris.
  • Struck by objects (rocks, trees, or vehicles).

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  • Contact with vegetation (poison ivy, thorns).
  • Electrocutions from powerlines.
  • Overexertion.
  • Repertory illnesses.
  • Scrapes and cuts.
  • Slips, trips, falls.
  • Stress.
  • Vehicle collisions or rollovers.

Hazards like these could result in serious injuries or even death.

Here are some safety and health related topics that can provide prevention information for those who fight these types of fires.

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